An Edinburgh pensioner has become Scotland’s only great-great-great grandmother and has become one of the only families in the UK with six generations alive at the same time.
The family stretches from oldest member Mary Marshall, 86, to their youngest member Nyla Ferguson, who is just a couple of weeks old.
Mother-of-eight Marshall – who was born four years before the start of the Second World War – has a total of 90 grandchildren, great grand children, great great grandchildren and great great great grand children.
The women are all on the same side of the family, and all except new mum Toni-Leigh work, or worked, as carers for the NHS.
All gave birth aged 18 or younger, resulting in the huge family, who all live in or around Edinburgh.
Mary said: “I’m a lucky woman to be honest with you. It’s great to have such a big family. There’s always someone there looking out for you. I’m incredibly happy.”
The family is believed to be the only one in Scotland with six generations alive at the same time.
According to Guinness World Records, the most generations alive in a single family has been seven.
The family tree:
Mary Marshall, 86, b.June 1935
Rose Thorburn, 68, b. October 1952
Chyrel Borthwick, 50, b. July 1970
Carrie Dow, 35, b. February 1986
Toni-Leigh Aitken, 17, b October 2003
Nyla Ferguson, b. May 2021.
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